Congratulations! You’ve made the first step toward managing your work stress.
I’ve been working with business professionals for nearly 15 years helping them to manage their stress. Walking between two worlds for much of my life as a television news anchor/ business reporter I’ve also studied meditation and yoga for much of my life. You can read more about that here.
Whether you are a business executive, entrepreneur, work in cubicle or from your home office, I’m here to tell you after working in the hectic environment of a newsroom for 25 years, tools and strategies DO EXIST to help you reduce stress at work, boost your energy, performance and creativity in the new world of work which is ruled by a hi-tech marketplace.
Through the use of better time management, navigating information overload, breathing exercises, simple chair-yoga stretches, the vibratory healing nature of sound, mindfulness meditation, visualization, positive thought processes, better workplace communication and calling upon some of the latest neuroscience techniques, there are ways to manage stress in your work day.
But for now let’s get down to the core reason you are here – work or business related stress. Work was cited as a significant source of stress for 70% of respondents in the 2011 American Psychological Association’s Stress in America Survey. At the laser-fast pace of work in a 24/7 hi-tech competitive global marketplace, the new world of work requires what I refer to as a new APR. We all need to give more credence to our skill capabilities around Attention, Performance and Resilience.Where are we putting our attention and energy?
The new world of work, by default, has raised the stress level in the workplace by a few notches and it should be a concern in business. Job stress can lead to poor health and even injury. In fact it’s the most common cause of long-term sickness absence (CIPD) and costs American Businesses $450-$500 billion annually in productivity (Gallup 2013).
What is Job or Workplace Stress? Job or workplace stress can be defined as “the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker.” (NIOSH) Research finds that surpassing a certain threshold of stress, ones performance diminishes. It’s often the case in the new world of work. Job demands can become excessive, pressure builds, and frustration and exhaustion can set in.
That’s the entry for unhealthy work stress which can become a daily threat to health and well-being. Stress increases the risk of illness, chronic health problems, injury, anxiety, and can eventually lead to burnout and even depression. I have plenty of articles on work stress here at WorkLifeNation.com and at my blog at Forbes.com.
Work with Me: As a trained communicator who has worked in the world of corporate America and business most of my life, and as a yoga/meditation teacher. I can work with you to meld these two worlds of business and inner calm so you can call upon that reservoir when you need it most. My methods are practical and can easily be used in a workplace or business environment.
Please contact me for a 30 minutes consultation if you have any questions, but here’s generally how we’ll work together for the first session:
1. First, we’ll discuss your work-stress quotient and do an assessment of the stressors in your work-life merge. This is a simple examination of your current status. If you are having health issues or mental health concerns, it’s advised that you seek a doctor’s attention.
2. Review your current methods of relaxation or stress reduction and assess your “sense and perception” preferences. (ie. Do you respond best to visual, mental or audible stimulation?) 3. Discuss the numerous methods, resources and strategies available to help you reduce your stress at work or in business.
4. Identify what I call your Meditative Equilibrium of Time & Space. Your METS quotient of how, where and when is best to meditate or engage in a relaxation exercise.
5. Experiment with preliminary stress-busting techniques to discover which ones work best for you.
6. Design a program that is specific to your individual needs.
Coaching comes in modules of Programs can be modified to a degree depending on your location and time availability. I also offer half-day and full day workshops for 5 or more people. After the first session, we can determine together the best route for learning new techniques and developing a solid stress-busting routine. You can learn practices such as meditation in a day, but managing stress – that’s a journey that we encounter throughout much of our lives as we transform stress in an always-on new world of work. For more information on any of these programs please contact me here.